Coastal Community Foundation

OVERVIEW: This funder supports the North County coastal communities of San Diego County, including Encinitas, Oceanside, Carlsbad, Del Mar, and Solana Beach. Funding priorities include mental health, women and girls, and music.

IP TAKE: There are some very targeted opportunities for nonprofits in Carmel Valley, Cardiff, Del Mar, Solana Beach, Encinitas, Carlsbad, and Oceanside. This is not the largest community foundation in the region, but it is a good one to know for grant seekers working in the mental health field.

PROFILE: The Coastal Community Foundation (CCF) is based in Encinitas, California, with assets managed by a local firm that has been in business since 1991. It seeks to “enhance the quality of life in the North Coastal San Diego County by directing philanthropic efforts toward community needs.”

This funder has several competitive grant programs, including the Solana Beach Fund, which provides $2,000 to $5,000 grants to Solana Beach programs. These grants support new activities, program expansions and improvements, and organizational efficiency improvements. CCF's Mental Health Fund, which provides $2,500 to $6,000 grants to groups that provide early intervention and prevention mental health services and mental health counseling for youth, also accepts applications. These grants serve the North County coastal communities of Solana Beach, Del Mar, Encinitas, Oceanside, and Carlsbad.

The Betty Scalice Foundation for Music makes grants of $1,000 to $5,000 to school-based and nonprofit music programs in North Coastal San Diego County. It makes these grants periodically throughout the year. The Hand to Hand grantmaking program, which prioritizes women and girls in San Diego County. These grants support job training, education, reentering the workforce, mentoring, and microloan programs for women and girls.

Overall, funding areas for CCF include the following: animals, arts and culture, community projects, education, environment, health and wellness, mental health, music, social services, scholarships, and sports and recreation. The funder made grants of over $530,000 to local, regional, and national groups in a recent year. Hand to Hand grants have gone to Dreams for Change and Generate Hope, while mental health grants have gone to Solutions for Change and the Community Resource Center. Solana Beach Fund grants supported to Casa de Amistad and the North Coast Repertory Theater lately. Learn about other recent grants here.

No other grant programs accept unsolicited proposals except for those mentioned above. There are numerous donor-advised funds here and also the Barbara Schneiderman Fund for Piano Enrichment scholarships. The grant guidelines for each program that does accept unsolicited applications are posted on the nonprofits page of the funder’s website. Grants are for one year only, and organizations can apply for a new grant each year.

General questions can be directed to or (760) 942-9245. Questions about grants can be sent to The funder’s address is 162 South Rancho Santa Fe Road, Suite F-50, Encinitas, California 92024. New grant seekers can keep up with this funder's work and interests through its News and Publications page and its Events page.


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